The 2018 HOPE Conference, WVSAE’s annual meeting at The Homestead, was a great success with outstanding speakers, food, networking and more!  We began with a lovely reception Sunday night.

Tina Cobb of Associated Systems Professionals, taught us how to work smarter and more efficiently with database integration.  She provided tips on working with Excel, Access and more, and mentioned Tech Soup may provide free email accounts for nonprofits.

Frank Hartman shared his insights on opening doors to get your message heard under the dome.  He shared the importance of year-round lobbying and the impact changing leadership composition has on ways to approach legislators.

During lunch, The Homestead shared the fact that our presence there allowed the them to contribute to “Say Goodnight to Hunger.”

Ron Hart of Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield shared information on the health crises facing today’s workplace, ways to address these issues and progress being made to protect your staff, members and guests.

Pete Thackston of USI Insurance Services shared his personal journey to alcoholism and drug abuse, his 27-year road to recovery and the ways he works with the community to share his experiences.

Bath County Sheriff Robert Plecker and many of his staff gave us tips on escaping an active shooter.  The presentation included the roles played by the fire department and first responders.  He then shared details of the active workplace shooting that took place several years ago at The Homestead, resulting in the deaths of two employees.

We want to give special thanks to our many sponsors for making this event possible: